What You Should Do Prior to Surgery. Home Safety Assessment

If you are planning to have surgery, you may also want to consider having a pre-surgery home
safety assessment.

These assessments are provided by Aegis Homecare in an effort to prepare you and make home
safety recommendations to make your home safer following surgery. The assessments look for
areas that could trigger a fall after surgery.

Falls are the leading cause of injury in older Americans. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated
in the emergency room for a fall.

Areas that could trigger a fall include:

 Loose rugs
 Bathrooms without grab bars
 Laundry rooms
 Hallways with excess furniture
 Stairs without proper railings

“Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC
Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Healthcare providers can make fall prevention a routine part of
care in their practice, and older adults can take steps to protect themselves.”

“With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall-related injuries and
deaths is expected to surge, resulting in cost increases unless preventive measures are taken,”
Frieden noted.

It is critical that our seniors remain safe in and outside their homes, therefore, the goal of Aegis
Homecare is to ensure a safe return home following surgery and hospitalization.  The assessments
also help to minimize a patient’s anxiety and uncertainty following surgery.
In addition to home safety assessments, which can help prevent a fall after you return home from the
hospital, Aegis home care providers may also help you recover after surgery by providing in-home
medical care, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, skilled nursing,
social services and home health aides.

To set up a home safety assessment, call Aegis Homecare at 480-219-4790

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